WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020
5:30-8:00 PM | BROAD INSTITUTE, CAMBRIDGE
Join SCFG and colleagues to honor our Catalyst Awards recipients, Kaelyn Brown and Ashley Cooper, and our Silver Anniversary Awards recipients, the Cambridge STEAM Initiative, Geeta Pradhan of the Cambridge Community Foundation, and the Women's Foundation of Boston. Celebrate and mark our 25th-anniversary fostering excitement, confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for girls, particularly those from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women STEM mentors.
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Empowering girls to embrace STEM through meaningful mentorship and free, hands-on experiences
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What We Know
An achievement gap exists between well-resourced and economically-stressed children from the moment they begin school.
Research on how children learn shows that learning that happens outside of the traditional classroom helps students see the relevance of academic subjects and leads to deeper interest, which in turn directly impacts achievement.
The achievement gap between black and Hispanic students and their white and Asian peers was evident in the 2017 Next Generation math MCAS scores
The number of white students whose scores exceeded the standards was four times higher than black or Hispanic students, and the number of black and Hispanic students who did not meet the standard was almost three times as high as white students.
Research shows that girls begin to associate boys with science and math as early as grade two, and middle school is often when stereotypes and harmful associations cause many girls to avoid STEM subjects.
Economic Policy Institute 2015.
National Research Council 2009, 2011.
Department of Education 2017 profiles http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/nextgenmcas.aspx
Cvencek, D., Meltzoff, A.N., and Greenwald, A.G., Child Dev. 2011 May-Jun;82(3):766-79.